Uptown Players announces 2015 season

Nathan Lane starred on Broadway in ‘The Nance,’ which will receive its regional premiere from Uptown Players in 2015.

Uptown Players’ upcoming 2015 season will feature two major recent Tony winners, from a new comedy to a rock musical, as well as the return of a TV spoof in the Rose Room at S4 and the annual fundraising performance.

Things were more complicated for Uptown Players this time, scheduling-wise. For several years, they have shared the Kalita Humphreys Theater with the Dallas Theater Center, which moved to its new digs in Downtown’s Wyly Theatre, but which is still the primary leaseholder at the Kalita. DTC mostly performs at the Wyly … mostly — not exclusively. So when DTC announced its 2014-15 schedule this spring, it threw a monkey wrench into the works: Its plays would seesaw between the venues, and the timing was going to interfere with Uptown Players’ calendar.

But they worked it out, in part by starting a month early. The first show of their 2015 season will actually be in December 2014: Christmas Our Way, UP’s holiday-themed Broadway Our Way fundraiser (where men sing women’s songs and vice versa) will be held Dec. 11–14.

The first official show of 2015 will be Gilligan’s Fire Island, another spoof by playwright/actor Jamie Morris, who was last represented onstage at the Rose Room as Julia Sugarbaker in Re-Designing Women. As the title suggests, the castaways have gotten pretty gay.

The mainstage season will arrive at the Kalita in June, starting with the wonderful comedy-drama The Nance, then the regional North Texas-produced premiere of Catch Me If You Can, the rock opera Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the new off-Broadway hit Harbor.

See the complete lineup after the jump. You can also get season tickets here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Jeff Kinman memorial set

The memorial service for Jeff Kinman — the actor, singer and voice teacher who died last week after a long illness — has been set by his partner, Adam C. Wright. The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., where Kinman last appeared in Uptown Players’ Broadway Our Way fundraiser last spring.

Anyone with questions or needing directions can contact Beth Albright at Broadwayelmo@gmail.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘The Temperamentals’ tonight at Uptown Players

Keep it hush-hush
Uptown Players regional premiere of The Temperamentals closes out the season on a high note. If you were “temperamental” in the ’50s, that was code for gay. Jon Marans play touches on the alternatve vocabulary used by gay men to communicate in a more conservative time.

DEETS: Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 23. $25–$35. UptownPlayers.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Uptown Players’ ‘Broadway Our Way’ is underway

A theater queen’s heaven

Uptown Players is begging for money again, but that’s good news because it means the return of Broadway Our Way. A star-studded night of local theater peeps combine their talents to bring an evening of fab showtunes, but with some major twists. Because we all know Uptown Players isn’t gonna play it straight — and that’s a good thing.

DEETS: Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Through May 15. $40. UptownPlayers.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Exclusive: Uptown Players is stayin' put for awhile

UP @ Kalita
Uptown Players’ co-founders Craig Lynch and Jeff Rane on the stage of the Kalita Humpheys.

When the Dallas Theater Center left the Kalita Humphreys Theater in the heart of gay Uptown for its Downtown digs at the new Wyly Theatre, it freed up the historically-protected venue up to other theater companies. Gay-centric Uptown Players was the first to jump at the opening, planning three shows — its fundraiser, Broadway Our Way, and its first two full-length shows, the play Equus (which just closed, breaking attendance records for Uptown Players) and the upcoming Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (it opens April 13). After that, Uptown was headed back to its old digs at the KD Theatre.

Not so fast.

Uptown Players had already moved a lot of its operations — office space and box office operations — to the Kalita. But they have just inked an agreement to stay at the Kalita for the remainder of its 2010 season. That means Regrets Only,  Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits and Closer to Heaven will all debut at the Kalita, which has three times as many seats as KD at its most generous configuration.

And it seems to be working. Folks who wouldn’t dream of going to “alternative” performance spaces are lining up to return to the Kalita, an ageing but eye-catching theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

“We feel it is now time to make the step into a larger facility that will allow us room for growth and bigger and more complex productions,” says co-founder Craig Lynch.

And the North Texas theater scene gets just a little gayer.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones